Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Loss of exit / re-entry visa when abroad

This blog has always insisted on keeping multiple hard copies of all important documents such as exit / reentry visas, iqamas, etc. This, despite the fact that it is not insisted upon at the airports in the kingdom. I had written a specific article (click here) about this earlier. Despite all the so-called reform, fact is that the system is not fool-proof to give enough comfort for expatriates working in Saudi Arabia to do away with paperwork.
 
People do lose things and what happens if you are one among the unfortunate ones who lost their exit / reentry visa after leaving the kingdom? Thankfully, there are now two options to get out of this situation.
 
I had mentioned in my earlier article (click here) on the importance of keeping the hard copy of the exit / reentry visa, because the immigration officer abroad needs to check the validity of your visa before allowing you to cross the gate. In the unfortunate event of you losing this paper, just click on this link, fill in your details and get a printout. You also have the option of getting the details by sms through the same link.
 
The fact that such a link is now available is itself a "reform" of sorts, but real reform would be to simply scrap this exit / re-entry system itself. All countries require visas for entering, but how many civilized countries have visas for getting out? I am totally astonished that in this modern era when slavery is supposed to have been abolished, we still have such outdated mindsets and procedures. And if the kingdom cannot live without charging expats for each exit / re-entry, why not just add a fixed cost to the Iqama charges and simply scrap this system which is nothing but a pain in the wrong place?

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the information. I have been a silent reader of this blog.

I am an Auditor by profession and when I look around the Kingdom, I have a feeling that the rules have been, apparently, on a stricter side.

The reason, I feel, is that the people have been defrauding in any possible imaginable and even unimaginable way.

Take the case of entry/exit. There have been too many instances of when people cheated in unlawful ways. Now what happens when then "clever" cheat the system, the innocent ones also have to pay the price.

I do not agree that the entry/exit represents a slavery system. If someone who has committed a fraud and wants to go out immediately without knowledge of their sponsor they can leave easily without the entry/exit requirement and it is to stop those criminal things.

After 9-11, security all around the world's airports has increased and they take more time and charge more but this doesn't mean that they think everyone is a criminal.. Same is the case with entry/exit and it doesn't mean it's against everyone but as I said before, if someone does something wrong the price has to be paid by everyone!!

I hope I made it clear and not confusing :)

Expatguru said...

Anonymous

There are always ways of tracking criminals. How do other countries manage without an exit visa on foreigners? In Oman, your passport is with you. Are thete no criminals there?

rasheeda banu said...

I and my family came to india from riyadh on vacation .due to my medical condition our exit re entry visa got expired my sponsor has agreed to renew the visa for me .based on the new rules by the Moi how could I get the visa for my dependents

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zeeshan said...

Please advice me...its been 5months when entered in ksa...my job is not upto my expectation..
So i want to go back to india...company is nt ready to leave me coz i came on company expenses...thy can issue exit re-entry visa...now if i dnt return on exit re-entry visa....can i get new visa aftr my iqama got expired?? Do i have to wait for 2 or 5yrs?


Note: my manager is my relative. He told nthing will happen and i can go without any problem...bt seriously after cuming here i lost trust on him


Please advice me guys...can i trust him?

I dnt want my future to spoil...im fresh engineer...!!""

Anonymous said...

Please advice me...its been 5months when entered in ksa...my job is not upto my expectation..
So i want to go back to india...company is nt ready to leave me coz i came on company expenses...thy can issue exit re-entry visa...now if i dnt return on exit re-entry visa....can i get new visa aftr my iqama got expired?? Do i have to wait for 2 or 5yrs?


Note: my manager is my relative. He told nthing will happen and i can go without any problem...bt seriously after cuming here i lost trust on him


Please advice me guys...can i trust him?

I dnt want my future to spoil...im fresh engineer...!!""

Anonymous said...

can you please inform me through MOI site what is the maximum number of day exit/entry visa i can get for my dependents ?

Anonymous said...

Dear You provided good information. I want to know if a car is lost/theft and no official paper available that it is lost, what is the procedure for final exit in this cas

Expatguru said...

Anonymous,

Please fill in your query in the form using the link in the top right corner of this blog. I charge a nominal fee for my consultancy, which would get you a detailed, personalized and confidential reply by email.

Anonymous said...

Dear brother I came for vecation from saudi because my company not given exit for me. My qustion is how long i need wait for going again saudi because i have other company offer later please help me